Home of Wasabi Air Racing

Elliot Seguin and Jenn Whaley's Formula One class air race team based out of Mojave, California. Pylon racing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. Eight airplanes racing head to head around telephone poles in the desert. Mojave is the best place on the planet to build and modify a race plane, and Wasabi is lucky to have the best support in the business.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An evening with a classic

Justin Gillen is helping a friend sell a sweet little Franklin powered Flybaby.

Last night there was no wind in Mojave making great conditions for a low level sunset photo shoot.




Monday, October 27, 2014

Speaking at this month's Plane Crazy



Hey Guys,

Jenn and I will be speaking this month at the Mojave Plane Crazy Saturday, and we plan to have the airplane on display.  The talk starts at 11:00 am in the board room at the Mojave airport on November 15th.

Our talk will cover the history of the team through the design and build of the new airplane.  We will also have some details about the record setting flight to Oshkosh and the 2014 Reno race season.

See you there!

Design.Build.Test

Elliot and Jenn

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oshkosh record is official!


Hey Guys,

We just received word from Art Greenfield at the NAA that our record is official with the NAA and is in it's final stages with the FAI.

A big thank you to everyone involved especially our sponsors.

Justin Gillen
Rick Poe and Susan Fine
Donald McMullin
Whitney Brown
Kelsey Moran
Thomas Wilson
Ralph Wise
Dave Ronneberg
Ben Harvey
Paul Dye
Richard VanderMeulen
Eric Stewart
Tyson Rininger
Wayne Rausch
Ken Baker
Thomas Wilson
Robbie Grove
Jim Rust
Gail Austin
Craig Catto
Terry Lutz
Ralph Wise
MGL Avionics
Spot Tracker
Mojave Air and Spaceport

Go work on your airplane!

Elliot and Jenn

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Connor Madison's Radio Spot

Hey Guys,

We did this radio spot with Connor a month or so ago.  Connor was putting it together for his advanced radio production class at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Andrew Findley talks about racing in the Sport Class and Elliot had the chance to talk a bit about Wasabi.

Go work on your airplane.

Elliot and Jenn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tim Adams

A photo Tim Adams took on a cloudy day at Reno 2014.

Thank you Tim!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Don "Bucky Dawson

Hey Guys,

Don Dawson just posted these awesome pictures from Reno 2014.

Thank you Bucky!!

Design.Build.Test
Elliot and Jenn


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red Bull Weekend

Hey Guys,

Jenn and I felt privileged and excited to be invited by Wade Hammond of the Team Bonhomme team, Jim and Sarah Reed of Team Ivanoff, and Michael Reid of the Team Chambliss team to visit this last weekend's Las Vegas Red Bull Air Race.  It was a great time and we were excited to see this new type of aerial competition in person, such an exciting time for aviation, and what a cool format!!

Below are some pictures.

Thanks again to Wade, Jim, and Michael!!

Airplanes are cool!
Elliot and Jenn








Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rob Miller's Photo's

A couple photo's from Rob Miller.

Thank you Rob!



Jay Jones Photo

Here's one of Jay Jones' photos.  This was taken after the gold final on Sunday.

Thanks Jay!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Daniel Bopp

Hey Guys,

Daniel Bopp is a master builder.  He first contacted me several years ago when he was looking for information about White Knight for a model he was building.  He also built a wicked model of the Pond Racer and a turbine SS1 (jet intake through front windows).

Anyway, I finally mey Daniel at Reno 2014, and he just sent us a picture of a Wasabi Button replacing a missing button in his Bolkow Bo-208c.

Thanks Daniel!










Thursday, October 2, 2014

Naomi West Photos

Hey Guys

A big thank you to Naomi West for these great pictures of the airplane and the team!! 

Check out her website:
nwestimages.com 

Thank you Naomi!
Elliot

Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West
Photo by: Naomi West

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ferrying Miss Demeanor

On Saturday Justin Gillen and I had the opportunity to ferry an awesome airplane for a friend from Stead to Mojave.

Miss Demeanor is a long time racer.  The airplane currently is configured with a stock Cassutt vertical and horizontal and a Craig Catto tapered wing that was originally on outrageous.  The wing installation was well done and addressed a lot of the handling concerns of the Cassutt.  The limited throw of the aileron (5" at the stick, vs 12" in pitch) helped liven the roll axis, and balanced that axis against the high rates a Cassutt is historically known for in pitch.  This airplane also has a lot of stiction in the pitch axis which also helped to dampen that axis.  The airplane has no dihedral effect, and is even lighter than my stock cassutt was directionally, probably due to the longer wing.  With light rudder forces, no stick free directional stability, and little to no stick fixed directional stability the airplane had to be actively flown the whole time, which was fun.  There seemed to be some difference between the incidence of the vertical, the thrust line, or the rig of the rudder pedals as the rudder displacement required to center the ball varied greatly with airspeed and power setting even between 150 and 220 MIAS.

I really enjoyed the upright cockpit and great over the nose visibility of the airplane compared to my racer, it truly felt like a gentleman's airplane.  I landed the airplane by coming over the fence at 80 MIAS and touching down in a tail low wheelie.  Conveniently I found the tail only needed to drop another few inches before the tailwheel made contact and the hard part of the landing was effectively over, the airplane has a fixed non-steerable tailwheel.  A great airplane and a well behaved tail dragger.  What a great time!!


 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jenn's Instagram Photos

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tim Adam's Photo

Thank you to Tim Adams (http://www.timadamsphotography.com/) for this great capture.


Daniel Chrapczynski's photos from race week

Thank you Daniel!








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Banner


Hey Guys

We had a great week with Wasabi.  Qualified and finished up 4 places and 6 mph from last year.  Had the fantastic opportunity to fly "in the pack" all week which meant for great opportunities to learn.

A huge thank you to our sponsors and team

Justin Gillen
Rick Poe and Susan Fine
Donald McMullin
Wayne Rausch
Andy Chiavetta
Ken Baker
Jake Jacot
Robbie Grove
Gail Austin
Craig Catto
Terry Lutz
Ralph Wise
Chris Higbee
Roger Hayes
David Bertucci
Mark Bassett
MGL Avionics
Spot Tracker
Mojave Air and Spaceport


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Race 44 test hop for Lynn


There are good days and there are really good days.

Twice during race week we were asked to fly test sorties for Andy and Lynn.  I had been doing the break-in and power testing on the airplane in Mojave but it is a different thing to test over Stead, to some a holy thing.

Turning the power up while in a leisurely left hand turn in a truly hot airplane while the sun sets over that valley of speed is something air race freaks dream about. I remember checking and rechecking my data, I wanted to be damn sure I wasn't blowing this awesome opportunity.

After landing I taxied up to the team; Andy, Lynn, Jenn, Donald, Terry, and even Klaus and Jenny. The looks on their faces told me the airplane had sounded good. The look on Andy's face said "give me the data".

Thank you Andy and Lynn, for a truly awesome Reno experience.  I can't wait until we get this thing hooked up.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Busy Weekend

Hey Guys

We just had one heck of a last weekend before the races.  We got a lot of prep done and some great testing.

We are looking forward to seeing everybody in a week!!

Elliot and Jenn



Monday, August 18, 2014

Aero Chia work from this weekend

Andy is the jam!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Over Oshkosh

A big thank you to Tyson Rininger and Bruce Moore for this fantastic photo over Oshkosh last week.

Front to back, Wasabi, Tango II, Rutan Catbird, Glasair II, Ol Blue Long EZ 

Over the windmills

A big thank you to Richard VanderMeulen and Ben Harvey for this photo over Mojave before our trip to Oshkosh last week.

Front to back, Wasabi, Tango II, Rutan Catbird, Glasair II, Lancair Legacy

Monday, August 4, 2014

Oshkosh Non-Stop Photos


Hey Guys,

 Below are some pictures from our non-stop record attempt from Mojave to Oshkosh.

We would like to thank our friends and sponsors for making this flight possible.

Justin Gillen
Rick Poe and Susan Fine
Donald McMullin
Craig Catto
Robbie Grove
Whitney Brown
Kelsey Moran
Thomas Wilson
Ralph Wise
Dave Ronneberg
Ben Harvey
Paul Dye
Richard VanderMeulen
Eric Stewart
Tyson Rininger
MGL Avionics
Mojave Air and Spaceport
Spot Tracker
E-Mag
Whirlwind Propellers

Thank you,
Elliot and Jenn

Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Thomas Wilson
Photo: Thomas Wilson
Photo: Thomas Wilson
Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Jenn Whaley


Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Drew Seguin
Photo: Drew Seguin
Photo: Drew Seguin
Photo: Drew Seguin
Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Jenn Whaley
Photo: Zach Reeder